Poetry/Positive / Tales Out of School


Poetry/Positive / Tales Out of School

I loved discussing Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” with my students, including the contradictory passages and double meanings. They had so many crucial decision right in front of them, and I had so many past decision to reflect upon, but had not, as one student blurted out, “made all of them already.” As long as we live, we are making those choices. I had it on a poster in the classroom, a reminder of choices to be made.

The beauty of poetry is the conveying of many meanings in one short piece. A class discussion of Frost’s “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” would elicit many varied responses. Then I’d tell them my high school teacher’s “official” take on it as a longing for death. Students would look again and typically one would offer, “Well, I see how someone could think that, but . . . “ Serious work established, we’d go on to a witty piece definitively proving that it was about Santa and the English major party piece of singing it to “Hernando’s Hideaway.” http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171621

Poetry is such a good companion. I memorized Portia’s “quality of mercy” speech in high school and found it a good friend in times of giving or receiving judgements.
Just think if we could turn all our creativity and energy to positive ends . . .

Learning from each other is one of the best parts of teaching all ages. Anna in the King and I sang, “if you become a teacher. By your pupils you’ll be taught.”

Once a student said that for the first time ever female students would be joining the Outoor Ed. class at the shooting range. In her honor, I borrowed a copy of Annie Get Your Gun so we could share the wisdom of “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun”

A2Z-BADGE-000 [2015] - Life is Good


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